History of Aerosols

1920-1950 - Erick Rothheim files the patent for the "aerosol dispenser" - it is used as a "bug bomb" in World War II - 4.3million units produced


1950-1960 - Insecticides and hairsprays were the first products to go commercial followed by air fresheners, deodorants and shaving foams


1960-1970 - The popularity of aerosols increases and the golden age of the aerosol industry dawns - additional products introduced into the market


1970-1980 - Production stuns as the a total of 2.2 billon units are consumed, an increase of 80% over the previous decade. However, a publication by Molina and Rowland indicates that CFCs are affecting the ozone layer and aerosols become a target because of their extensive use of CFCs as a propellant at the time


1980-1990 - The global aerosol industry moves away from the use of CFCs to alternative products - most aerosol products have not used ODSs (Ozone Depleting Substances) since then - the exception is a small amount of medicinal products - despite the CFC controversy, production continues to increase by a staggering 35%


2000-2010 - Designs become more attractive and daring (shaped cans) - global production nears the 12 billion units mark - because of its popularity as a consumer product the aerosol survives much pressure from regulatory and environmental spheres and the industry, worldwide, continues to grow despite severe economic constraints

This article is courtesy of the European Aerosols Federation

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